>Liberia: Police ‘Brutalities’ Documented

> The US State Department has documented police corruption and brutalities in its 2010 Human Rights Report on Liberia.  Source: allAfrica.com

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

“Police corruption was a problem. During the year the LNP investigated reports of police misconduct or corruption, and authorities suspended or dismissed several LNP officers. For example, in August an LNP officer was charged with property theft and was awaiting trial at the end of the year.
“In June a senior LNP official was accused of assaulting an individual over a personal misunderstanding. The official was suspended and ordered to pay restitution; however, no restitution was made and he remained suspended by the end of the year.
“On October 9, the LNP director announced the implementation of complaint forms to be submitted by the public to report incidents of bribery or unethical practices.

In November an LNP officer was arrested for allegedly permitting his [acquaintances to use his police uniform to commit acts of armed robbery. He was released and returned to duty due to a lack of evidence.

“There were no developments in the September 2009 case of the former Monrovia chief of patrol indicted for looting the house of a private prosecutor.

“During the year the government continued to take steps to improve transparency.”


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